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Big News & A Personal Note About The Future Of Blog Society

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Let's talk about change shall we?

Firstly, let me say that it's been a long while since I've posted here and today I'm doing so with a bit of a personal update and also a call to action for those that might feel aligned with the updates below.

As you may or may not know things have changed quite drastically over here at Blog Society HQ and as with any big life change, it comes with a renowned sense of clarity and focus. My son, Finn, was born in July and I've since been consumed with cuddles, endless coffee and the inherent desire to ensure my business truly felt aligned to this new chapter in my life.
 
*WARNING* This is a loooong post so stay with me.
 
Earlier this year I felt the strong need to create space in order to truly FEEL what was next for myself and Blog Society. Truth be told I'd felt a bit lost, unattached and probably disheartened with the digital space. A piece was missing. I found myself seeking out new projects to sit alongside my existing course, events and clients that would deepen, evolve and better align my business with what was happening in my heart.
 
Put simply, somewhere along the way in my biz journey I'd lost myself - or perhaps I was just afraid to share the 'real' me, instead held down by what I thought was expected - the 'perfect' Instagram pic, the ‘right’ business model or chasing the next big thing.
 
I felt disillusioned with my newsfeed. In an effort to remain 'professional' I seemed to have lost my sense of self and I was craving to be heard. Craving to share with you more honest, real, raw, vulnerable and passionate posts.

To pull back the curtain on what's happening behind the scenes at Blog Society.
To share more personal updates and celebrate the unpolished. 
To have fun.
To post with my heart and head - and truly speak about what's lighting my fire and sparking those creative flames.

 
I was craving clarity, more time to focus on self-care, soul-care, shift my mindset, focus on my health and well-being and realign myself to the very principles Blog Society was founded on -community, collaboration, connection.
 
And so during my pregnancy and subsequent 4th trimester, I dialled things back. And it felt glorious. 

By shedding expectation, I allowed myself to mentally, physically and emotionally recharge. During this process, my health improved and my creative drive returned tenfold. At the centre of this shift was a product that I fell in love with wholeheartedly: essential oils.

This coupled with a hunger to birth new projects, led me to a new business opportunity and...

Today I'm proud to share that I’m building a global doTERRA team as part of Blog Society.
 
I've teamed up with Alice Nicholls of The Whole DailyTara Bliss and a tribe of other kick ass women to help others not only experience the magic of these oils but also help bring a powerful business opportunity to women ready to rise up.

I’m currently building my doTERRA team and reaching out to my tribe to see if you feel called to join me? You can be anywhere in the world, with a business, without, a blog or no blog. This is open to ALL (yes I'm looking at YOU).

This is an opportunity to work directly with Alice and I so if you're curious about learning how to use essential oils, ordering these beauties for your own use, want to attend a class with me or are interested in receiving a sample, simply reach out and say hello.

As I wrap up this post I'm signing off as a braver, healthier, stronger, happier more courageous version of me. Ready to bring my tribe the creative events and courses you've come to know and love but with the addition of a brilliant new biz opportunity empowering women to fearlessly build a business they love while prioritising their own health and well-being.
 
To rising up together and great things ahead.

x Jaclyn

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The Friday Files

What a week...I've officially entered my third trimester so it's business and motherhood on the brain big time. If any of you mamas out there have any advice on how to balance the biz side of things while these final weeks speed past I'd love to hear it :)

For now I luckily still have my energy flowing and have felt wonderful this entire pregnancy so feeling blessed especially as I've taken on a few big projects coming up - aka website rebrand and launching of Digital Bravery on 1 May.  I wouldn't have it any other way.  I love pouring my heart and soul into Blog Society and there seems to be a need for connection and empowerment more than ever if you ask me.

The market is flooded with information, tips, tools and everything under the sun to tell you how exactly you should be skyrocketing your own path to success. I've always wanted Blog Society to be a haven from that chaos, where the courses, products or events that I offer bring calm to the madness and motivation rather than overwhelm to your already busy lives. It's something that has remained at the forefront of my mind as I've gone through the rebrand process and something that I will continue to prioritize even more now that motherhood is impending and my time becomes more scarce.

It's all about quality, connection and strengthening those relationships with our community. So these are the thoughts that have been flooding my mind recently and I hope to be back next week with some exciting news about the new site design - as well as a hello from up the coast where I'll be spending my baby moon. Bring on the beach walks, pregnancy massage and afternoon naps!  I'll be taking a little break while I can but of course posting on Instagram because Noosa is too pretty not to share.

In the meantime I've left you with some of my fav link love - have a wonderful weekend. xx Jac

  • I'm in major redecorating mode and obsessed with these prints (I want them all)
  • Feeling overworked and on the edge of burnout? This message will help.
  • Growing your email list should be priority #1 - this will help if you're feeling behind
  • Heading here for our baby moon next week - bring on the naps and afternoon swims
  • I've been doing this every night and sleeping better for it - definitely recommend
  • An interesting take on the concept of 'free' that really got me thinking...
  • This launches on 1 May and I'm counting the days!

21 Downloadable Quotes For Every Creative Entrepreneur

If you're as quote obsessed as I am you'll love today's post. As businesswomen, we’ve certainly got a lot to juggle. Whether you’re a career woman climbing up the corporate ladder or you’re an entrepreneur, the key to success is all about reminding yourself what you are made of.

That’s why I love that FTD put together these 21 most encouraging quotes for businesswomen everywhere and are sharing them with us today. From quotes about what it means to achieve success to quotes that will remind you to stay confident no matter what life throws at you, these quotes will certainly stir up your creativity and uplift your spirits. They also created these visuals so that you can easily spread the message. For more inspiration, check out their post for more words of encouragement!

To download simple right click on the images below, save to your desktop and hang in your office for daily inspiration!

Quotes on success

1.     “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.” — Helen Keller
2.     “Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.” — Ingrid Bergman
3.     “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” — Estée Lauder
4.     “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” — Oprah

Quotes on determination and persistence
5.     “Life shrinks or expands in proportion with one’s courage.” — Anaïs Nin
6.     “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.” — J.K. Rowling
7.     “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” — Rosa Parks
8.     “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” — Malala Yousafzai
9.     “Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” — Martha Graham

Quotes on being strong and confident

10.  “The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.” — Blake Lively
11.  “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
12.  “I think the best way to have confidence is not to allow everyone else’s insecurities to be your own.” — Jessie J
13.  “When there is no struggle, there is no strength.” — Oprah
14.  “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” — Judy Garland

Quotes on making decisions
15.  “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” — Amelia Earhart
16.  “I know for sure that what we dwell on is what we become.” — Oprah Winfrey
17.  “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions.” — Catherine Cook
18.  “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” — Katharine Hepburn
19.  “You learn something out of everything, and you come to realize more than ever that we’re all here for a certain space of time, and, and then it’s going to be over, and you better make this count.” — Nancy Reagan

Quotes on staying optimistic
20.  “If you don’t have any shadows you’re not in the light.” — Lady Gaga
21.  “When you notice that you’re having negative thoughts about how all of this is going to pan out, you need to remind yourself that you are not a very good fortune teller.” — Donna W. Hill

Fashion is a business

It's no secret that we love fearless women in this community. Women not afraid to try new things, break down barriers, embrace their failures and of course celebrate their successes.

Today is just that - a chance to meet a women paving her own path and shaking up the fashion world on her own terms. We sat down with Alicia Sanchez for a quick chat about how she found her way...

What was your professional journey before Fashion is A Business? 

I have been always a Fashion Designer but I worked in Corporate America in Marketing and Project Management as senior leadership for years before making the leap.

Tell us about what you do and who your target market is? 

At FDBA we help Fashion Designers and Fashion Professionals build a brand and not just another clothing line. I am a Fashion Branding Coach. I help cultivate the businesses mentality while helping with sourcing, manufacturers, buyers and ultimately building a business that reaps profits through residual income and wider retail markets.

What gave you the confidence to dive in and get it going?

I was a Designer in the same shoes as most designers. I designed and couldn't sell consistently, I had one income stream and it didn't click for me to use the methods on my business but once I connected the dots I knew I had to help others.

What has been some of the greatest challenges you’ve faced as a woman in business? 

I don't see challenges as a woman, honestly I think there are challenges in any industry with experience or respect but as a woman it doesn't define anything differently that could set me back. I don't say 'I am woman and this is why I had this challenge' I say 'I am an entrepreneur'. 

Best lesson you've learned? 

Know when to say NO and move on to Plan B.

What advice would you give to others afraid to start? 

I would say invest in having someone help and guide you because as creatives we think big and beautiful but we lack business and even when we have business experience we tend to not be able to execute for ourselves because it's hard to juggle. Make coaching a part of your startup so you work smart not hard because fashion is a business bottom line. If you're designing and not thinking about building a cash flow for big goals then it’s just a hobby. Ask yourself: at the rate I am going can I retire early?

Who inspires you? Top mentor?

Wow, I have so many but in the industry I love Kimora Lee Simmons and would LOVE to work with er. I think she's brilliant and savvy, and I admire many professionals who make passion a priority. I have had many mentors and many have helped me seek my way but Kellie Kuecha and Walter Foster have really been a huge influence towards my success.

Alicia Sanchez is all fashion. She is the designer of Favala Designs, Owner of La Sewing Cafe and Fashion Branding Coach at the Fashion Designer Business Academy. Favala Designs has been featured in various international fashion weeks and trained with elite professionals that worked with brands such as Oscar De La Renta , Carolina Herrera and leading fashion forecasted companies in NYC in addition to consulting fashion trends . She is also the Author of: “Climbing The Fence: A Journey of Traveling Words”

The benefits of coworking and collaboration

By Celeste Mitchell

Coworking might just be the biggest buzzword of 2015 in Australia, but with more and more companies – not just indie creatives and work-from-home solopreneurs – getting their hot desk on, there’s got to be a much more deep rooted benefit than just free coffee and ping pong tables, right?!

When you’re used to working on your own schedule (and in your pyjamas) it can be an intimidating thought to step back inside four walls of the office you fought so hard to escape, but on top of the productivity benefits (and infinitely better WiFi on tap), there’s a community thriving within coworking spaces across the world that could just help propel your business to the next level or launch your new idea with a bang.

When you work from home the lure of the fridge, putting on that load of washing, or answering the door/phone to yet another well-meaning relative or friend who seems to think that working from home = not working at all, can easily rip your days from under you before you’ve even had a chance to tick one measly thing off your to-do list.

By booking a day or week in a coworking space, you’re making a commitment to yourself and your business to show up and get shit done. And the benefits of simple getting dressed and setting yourself up for the day are surprisingly high.

But what are some of the other benefits of coworking?

Coworking can spark ideas

Waiting at home for that innovative idea to strike? One of the best things about coworking spaces is the varied skill-sets and industries that hum together under the same roof. That informal chat on the couch or by the coffee machine might just spark that next big revelation for you – when you listen to how other industries are tackling problems you might find ways you can apply the same principles to your own business.

Coworking can hook you up with the perfect collab partner

Short of blog commenting, Facebook stalking and buying every product your idol releases, there are not many better ways to get out in the real world and meet like minded people than working in a coworking space. You might turn around to find a web developer that can help you relaunch your site, a financial advisor who would be the perfect expert for your next podcast, or a copywriter who can turn your idea into that ebook you’ve been meaning to write for at least 12 months now!

Coworking can boost your productivity

Making a commitment to work, cutting out the distractions of home, adding an inspiring work space and having fast, reliable WiFi all add up to the perfect recipe for getting shit done. Having access to a coworking space, even if you find you only fire on all cylinders for 3-4 hours per day, allows you to smash through deadlines a helluva lot easier than faffing about at home all day long.

Coworking is way more fun than working alone

It’s simple: working alone at home = drop in motivation, feelings of isolation and creative blocks. Working in a bright, sunny, inspiring workspace that’s centrally located, amongst other creative souls with great music and coffee on tap = happy life (and less offloading on your partner when he/she gets home from work!).

Coworking skills you up

Most coworking spaces offer workshops and networking events for their events, allowing skills to be shared and the opportunity to hear from those who have blazed the trail before you. At Share Space we hold a regular Nibbles & Know-How event where five experts speak for five minutes each on the topic of their choosing, giving guests quick insights, which they can implement further through longer workshops or connecting with those businesses.

Coworking is the way of the future

Fast Company recently reported that by 2040 the workforce will “accelerate in a major way towards entrepreneurship, independent contracting, and ‘peer-to-peer’ work”, meaning being a “freelancer” will be the norm and coworking spaces will likely be on every corner.

Even if you live in a town devoid of a coworking space (and with hubs setting up in towns like Armidale and Hervey Bay that’s becoming more and more unlikely), why not go the route of Swedish startup, Hoffice, which is like AirBnB for coworkers – opening your home to turn it into a bustling coworking space?

Have you ever worked in a coworking space? What do you love most about it?

Celeste Mitchell is a whip-smart wordslinger & business pimp for entrepreneurs and brands who want to take their online presence from boring to badass.

As a journalist, former magazine editor and the founder of The Devil Wears Flip Flops she’s obsessed with flipping clichéd copy on its head and writing words that will make you sit up and pay attention.

Celeste and her partner Zac opened Share Space on the Sunshine Coast in March 2015 after being frustrated at the lack of creative workspaces available in a region renowned for its BIG ideas and kick-ass online businesses.

The church hall-turned inspirational hub (with super fast WiFi) has desks available to rent by the day or week, an ‘Un-Bored’ Room complete with a ping pong table to make meetings all the more productive, and after hours the space transforms for yoga and pilates classes, workshops and talks. See it here.

Photo Credits: Krista Eppelstun